This is for my Uncle Billy. He’s not feeling too great so I’m sending it to him.
Small gouache and graphite on arches paper
I have a bunch of birds that hang out in the trees outside my studio window. I got my good camera geared up with a zoom lens and I try to take photos when I see them. Still getting used to the camera, so expect improvements over time. Here’s the latest:
Took some picks for my sister of old stuff I did. Here are a couple I forgot about.
We’re in an odd place with the whole typography thing.
Most people who look at computers on a daily basis have an idea of what fonts are. They just have no idea about how beautiful they can be.
The reason is that screens suck. They are either too low resolution (we can see the pixels) or too tiny (phones). And everyone reads screens nowadays, not paper.
Screens have sucked forever. Just that word, “screen“, is nasty. It’s like a mesh, or a veil; something you have to look through to see the real thing.
If you want a good screen, you’d better be rich. Which is why typography as an artform still only exists in print. If we remove the barrier of location, which the screen claims to have done, artwork should be look the same to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
Put the same printed piece in someone’s hands, regardless of this restriction, and she will see the same thing. Stand in front of a painting, sculpture, heck–even digital art, and you see the same thing as anyone else in the gallery. Share a link to your design on behance, dribbble, or your website? Forget it. Everyone’s seeing something different, and most of them are seeing garbage.
Print is inherently ubiquitous. Physical location and space is definable. Screen is nowhere near being able to make the same claim. Screens suck, and it’s pointless to use it as a forum to discuss typographic merit of any design until screens get better, way better.
A couple more paintings from this summer, based on memory of the busted up pier that juts out into the point at Crystal Beach, Ont.
I’ve done a fair amount of these over the years. About time I put them all in one place.
Some drawings I did in summer 2016, trying to come up with a logo or t-shirt idea for the Bay Beach Club in Ontario, Canada.
A couple more before I give ’em away…
making some gauche drawings/paintings
Because it looks bad. When someone builds your house, they don’t put “built by houses-r-us™”. When someone replaces your roof, maybe they’ll stick a sign in your lawn saying “Roof by roofs-r-us™”, but you’re gonna yank that thing out pretty quickly.
If people want to know who built my site, they’ll contact the site owner.